Taylor Swift Teases Lunar-Themed Tortured Poets Department Lyrics on Same Day as Total Solar Eclipse

‘The Tortured Poets Department’ is set for release on April 19

Taylor Swift performs in Arizona in March 2023. PHOTO:


Taylor Swift is getting in on the fun of the rare total solar eclipse.

On Monday, April 8, the same day an eclipse is hitting North America, Swift teased what appear to be lunar-themed lyrics off her highly anticipated album The Tortured Poets Department.

On her Instagram Story, Swift, 34, shared a link to preorder the album, as well as a video of a typewriter typing out a set of apparent lyrics.

“Crowd goes wild at her fingertips/Half moonshine, Full eclipse,” the typewriter writes.

Taylor Swift’s latest lyrics.

The tease comes the same day that millions of people in the U.S., Mexico and Canada will experience a darkened sky along the path of totality for the total solar eclipse.

It also comes two days after Swift shared a 13-day countdown to Tortured Poets in honor of her favorite number, 13.

Taylor Swift in Los Angeles in October 2023.


“13 days until THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT,” she wrote in an Instagram Story on April 6 that featured the same typewriter.

The Grammy-winning star announced the record on Feb. 4 at the Grammy Awards, saying in an acceptance speech that she’d been hard at work on the record for the past two years.

Swift later shared a set of exclusive playlists with Apple Music that broke her song catalog into the five stages of heartbreak: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

The playlists lent credence to fan theories that The Tortured Poets Department will explore those same five stages, as each playlist is titled after either a new song on the album or a phrase Swift has shared during the album’s promo: I Love You, It’s Ruining My Life Songs, You Don’t Get to Tell Me About Sad Songs, Am I Allowed to Cry? Songs, Old Habits Die Screaming Songs and I Can Do It with a Broken Heart Songs.

The Tortured Poets Department will be released at midnight on April 19.

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